If you are as big a fan of scary slashers and creepy classics as I am, you are always on the lookout for all the new horror movies (or older ones) that each of your favorite streaming services have to offer. While every platform boasts a healthy selection of titles that are sure to feed your bloodlust, a very impressive amount of the best movies on Peacock fall under that particular category, many of which come at no cost. If you find yourself in the mood for a good scare, look no further than our picks for some of the best horror movies you can check out with a Peacock subscription at the moment.
The Black Phone (2022)
A teenage boy (Mason Thames) finds an unusual group of allies in his attempts to escape the clutches of a notorious child murderer (Ethan Hawke).
Why it is one of the best horror movies on Peacock: Co-writer and director Scott Derrickson re-teams with Sinister star Hawke for The Black Phone – a grounded abduction story heightened with chilling, ghostly elements and one of the best movies inspired by Joe Hill’s work yet.
The Exorcist III (1990)
A veteran detective (George C. Scott) finds disturbing evidence linking a series of recent murders to a long-dead serial killer.
Why it is one of the best horror movies on Peacock: A sequel to William Friedkin’s 1973 classic mostly in name, writer and director William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist III is a terrifying, unjustly overlooked masterpiece that fuses crime drama with supernatural thrills.
The Invisible Man (2020)
A woman (Elisabeth Moss) suspects that her supposedly dead, abusive husband has found a way to stalk her without being seen.
Why it is one of the best horror movies on Peacock: Writer and director Leigh Whannell crafts a masterful reinvention of a Universal Monsters Movie classic by grounding The Invisible Man in a terrifyingly plausible, modern reality.
Let The Right One In (2008)
A lonely boy (Kåre Hedebrant) forms a friendship with a girl (Lina Leandersson) hiding a deadly secret in 1980s Stockholm.
Why it is one of the best horror movies on Peacock: Director Tomas Alfredson’s gorgeous, brutal adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novel, Let the Right One In, is one of the most hauntingly unique vampire movies ever made.
The Mist (2007)
Citizens of a small town barricade themselves inside a grocery store from an otherworldly threat beneath a mysterious fog.
Why it is one of the best horror movies on Peacock: While divisive to some, we have no qualms including Frank Darabont’s devastating adaptation of The Mist among the best Stephen King movies of all time.
Two young partygoers (Jenna Kanell and Catherine Corcoran) find themselves stalked by a horrifying harlequin (David Howard Thornton) on one bloody Halloween night.
Why it is one of the best horror movies on Peacock: Few creepy clown movies are as gleefully grotesque and bewilderingly brutal as writer and director Damien Leone’s Terrifier, whose aggressively creepy antagonist, Art the Clown, would return in a 2022 sequel, Terrifier 2.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
A group of young road-trippers fall prey to a family of cannibals – one of which hunts with a power tool.
Why it is one of the best horror movies on Peacock: Writer and director Tobe Hooper masterfully captures the feeling of a seemingly endless nightmare with one of the best horror movies of the ‘70s, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre – which is not exactly a horror movie based on a true story like it was advertised, but does take inspiration from the murders of Ed Gein.
Tucker And Dale Vs. Evil (2010)
A wild misunderstanding leads young campers to suspect that a pair of unassuming hillbillies (Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine) have targeted them for murder.
Why it is one of the best horror movies on Peacock: Co-writer and director Eli Craig takes many of the common things that happen in slasher movies and turns them on their heads in wonderfully clever and dementedly hilarious ways in Tucker and Dale vs. Evil.
The Beyond (1981)
A woman (Catriona MacCall) and others begin to experience bizarre and horrifying events after she inherits an old New Orleans hotel that happens to sit on top of a gateway to the underworld.
Why it is one of the best horror movies on Peacock: With its shocking gore effects that are signature for its time and a chilling atmosphere throughout, The Beyond is, arguably, the finest of the legendary Lucio Fulci’s unofficial “Gates of Hell” trilogy and one of the most essential films of the supernatural Giallo era.
When his parents hire a young woman (Sarah Bolger) as a last-minute replacement babysitter, a young boy (Joshua Rush) suspects that she is not who she says she is when she begins to show increasingly concerning behavior.
Why it is one of the best horror movies on Peacock: If you ever had a babysitter whom you despised growing up, I have no doubt you will start to think of them more fondly after watching Emelie – director Micheal Thelin’s deeply disturbing cautionary tale that will have you thinking twice before you leave the kids at home with a stranger.
A recently orphaned teenage boy (A. Michael Baldwin) and his older brother (Bill Thornbury) discover that a mysterious tall man (Angus Scrimm) is stealing bodies from their graves and sets out to understand why.
Why it is one of the best horror movies on Peacock: With a plot so unapologetically strange (I barely scratched the surface of what is really going on above), a villain so memorably imposing, and other enduringly iconic elements, writer and director Don Coscarelli’s Phantasm is a definitive, must-see cult horror film.
Starry Eyes (2014)
An aspiring actress (played by Midnight Mass cast member Alex Essoe) goes to unimaginably dangerous lengths to earn what she believes will be the role of a lifetime.
Why it’s one of the best horror movies on Peacock: Not just one of the best horror movies on Peacock, but one of the most criminally underrated modern day gems of the category you will find anywhere is Starry Eyes – a harrowing tale of ambition gone south with a dash of treacherous body horror from Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer of 2019’s Pet Sematary remake fame.
The Wailing (2016)
A police officer and family man from South Korea (played by Kwak Do-won) struggles to prevent the spread of a strange illness which has some villagers convinced it is the work of a demon.
Why it is one of the best horror movies on Peacock: Director Na Hong-jin’s horrifying, thoroughly compelling, and sometimes darkly funny bedtime story, The Wailing, is a masterpiece of slow-burn horror and one of the greatest Asian horror films in recent memory.
The Endless (2017)
A decade after escaping a cult, a man (Aaron Moorhead) is convinced by his younger brother (Justin Benson) to pay a visit to the commune and reunite with their old friends, where they soon make a startling discovery about their strange behavior.
Why it is one of the best horror movies on Peacock: The directorial duo of Benson and Moorhead (also known for the romantic horror masterpiece, Spring, and more recent time-travel thriller, Synchronic) play the lead characters of The Endless – an inventive and thoroughly engrossing Lovecraftian mind-bender that I won’t reveal much more about.
Black Christmas (1974)
A college student (Olivia Hussey) and her fellow sorority sisters find themselves taunted by a stranger that is most definitely not Santa Claus while spending winter break together at their school’s currently desolate campus.
Why it is one of the best horror movies on Peacock: Years before director Bob Clark finished his iconic and hilarious dream project, A Christmas Story, his first holiday classic was Black Christmas – one of the greatest horror films set around Christmas that is often argued to be the true first modern slasher movie.
The Changeling (1980)
After suffering the loss of his wife and daughter, a professor of music (Academy Award winner George C. Scott) moves himself into a luxurious Seattle estate where strange, unexplainable phenomena lure him into a dark mystery surrounding the house.
Why it is one of the best horror movies on Peacock: Master filmmaker Martin Scorsese called The Changeling one of the scariest movies he had ever seen and, with director Peter Medak’s talent for building suspense and being a horror movie that meaningfully addresses grief, it is easy to see why.
A teenage metalhead (played by Milo Cawthorne) forms a band that finds and performs a mysterious musical composition that happens to hold the key to unleashing the end of days in New Zealand.
Why it’s one of the best horror movies on Peacock: Giving new meaning to the phrase “sell your soul for rock 'n roll" in a most cleverly funny and relentlessly gory way, Deathgasm is an absolute blast, especially if you love the Evil Dead franchise, the Bill and Ted movies, and the music of Black Sabbath.
The House Of The Devil (2009)
A cash-strapped college student (Jocelin Donahue) accepts a baby-sitting job that she quickly comes to regret when nothing appears to be as it seems on the night of a lunar eclipse in 1983.
Why it’s one of the best horror movies on Peacock: Writer and director Ti West, later known for X in 2022, instantly became one of the leading heroes in modern indie horror with his underrated ode to the Satanic Panic era, The House of the Devil – another masterpiece of slow-burn horror that earns its place with a shocking final act and an early appearance by future Oscar nominee Greta Gerwig.
Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
A group of strangers taking refuge in a small house in the country struggle to survive the hungry, shuffling corpses outside… and each other.
Why it’s one of the best horror movies on Peacock: Co-writer and director George A. Romero first introduced the world to the modern, definitive incarnation of the zombie with Night of the Living Dead, which is also one of the best movies on Peacock, period, for its cleverly veiled social commentary that would become a staple of the filmmaker’s long-running Dead movies series.
Day Of The Dead (1985)
A dwindling number of scientists and military personnel take refuge together in an underground bunker, where they struggle to survive the hungry, shuffling corpses above – and each other – while warring over what is most important in a world overrun with the dead.
Why it’s one of the best horror movies on Peacock: After following up his first horrid night with a distressing dawn, George A. Romero would then give us Day of the Dead – one of the more thoughtful, thematically unique, and technically impressive zombie movies in his influential franchise, and of all time, if you ask me.
Train To Busan (2016)
An overworked businessman (Gong Yoo) takes his daughter (Su-an Kim) on a trip to visit her mother by train, which ends up becoming a ride into relentless terror when the train cars become overrun with hungry, fast-moving corpses.
Why it’s one of the best horror movies on Peacock: One of the most exciting and intelligent zombie movies in recent memory is one of the best Korean horror movies ever, Train to Busan.
Ginger Snaps (2000)
As she approaches womanhood, a teenage girl (Katharine Isabelle) undergoes a more startling transformation than she anticipated following a mysterious animal attack with only her close younger sister (Emily Perkins) to confide in, even as the strange circumstances threaten to tear them apart.
Why it’s one of the best horror movies on Peacock: One of the most stylish and refreshingly character-driven werewolf movies in recent memory is the Canadian import Ginger Snaps, which is co-written and directed by Orphan Black creator John Fawcett and boasts makeup effects that are extremely impressive for an early-2000s, low-budget creature feature.
This, of course, is only a handful of recommendations of the best horror movies on Peacock. But, as you can see, they are enough to prove that the streaming service really knows what constitutes a good scare.
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